The young Polish practice formodesign – founded in 2004 – designed this connection between the Architecture and Engineering building of the Technical University in Lodz.
“The challenge was to pay respect to rules dominating the existing buildings, as they were designed by well known Polish architect Boleslaw Kardaszewski (one of the University’s leading professors)”, the architects say. According to this the design is based on the existing module of 3,3m as the base dimension.
Here is what the architects say:
“Some factors we had to take in consideration:
- the need for fire-safety drive
- only 1st floor was available at the Architecture Department (the tall one)
- need for an elevator
- need for a small workshop on the ground floor
- both departments are situated next to a park on the side of the connector
- connect Architecture 1st floor with Engineering 2nd and 3rd floors
We designed a 2 storey main form which is flat-closed with a classrom on each floor. The staircase and elevator are incorporated into the construction supporting system.
The corridors, with an open view on the park, are used for exposition of student works – for educational reasons we wanted to let the students of both departments use the same expo space!
Under the main connector, on the 1st floor level, we proposed a space which connects the new and old buildings and would be used for exibitions that need to be lit only by artificial light. As this space would be mainly used for communication there is an outer garden available.
The ground level glass box hides the construction supporting columns and is used as the students’ (workshop) space with a view on the park.”